covid-19

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Pa. says providers ready to give COVID jab to kids as young as six months old | Monday Coffee

BY: - June 20, 2022

Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Now that the federal government has cleared the way, Pennsylvania providers are ready to start administering the COVID-19 vaccine to kids as young six months old, state health officials said Sunday. The shots for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers will become available this week, according to the Associated Press. The federal government […]

Philly Mayor Kenney opens up about his proudest moments in office – and his biggest mistakes

BY: - June 20, 2022

Philly’s chief executive talks soda tax, gun violence, COVID-19 and his plans for the future.

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“The epidemiological data linking the social construct of race to the physical reality of suffering are painfully clear, on COVID and a raft of other diseases.” (Getty Images)

COVID in Black and white: A Juneteenth reflection | Opinion

BY: - June 19, 2022

The epidemiological data linking the social construct of race to the physical reality of suffering are painfully clear.

Remote voting in the U.S. House hits a second anniversary, but it may be its last

BY: - May 26, 2022

More than a dozen Republicans, including Pa. Rep. Mike Kelly, used proxy voting to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference last year.

CDC updates COVID-19 vaccine booster guidance as case counts rise

BY: - May 24, 2022

In a statement issued last week, the CDC expanded second booster eligibility for individuals 12 or older who are immunocompromised and those ages 50 and older. The agency cited a nationwide increase in COVID-19 cases as the reason for the update to the eligibility guidelines. 

Pa’s K-12 school nurses treat more than scrapes and bruises. And they’re asking lawmakers for help

BY: - May 1, 2022

One per 1,500. That’s the nurse-to-student ratio for K-12 schools in Pennsylvania — one of a handful of states to set staffing requirements in the law. Karla Coffman, a nurse in the York Suburban School District, is about 250 students away from reaching that threshold as the certified school nurse for the high school and […]

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Should you wear a mask on a plane, bus or train? 4 essential reads to help you decide | Analysis

BY: - April 24, 2022

When he was asked whether people should wear masks on planes, President Joe Biden replied: 'That’s up to them.'

Wave of GOP primary challengers seek Harrisburg shakeup over mail-in voting, pandemic response

BY: - April 19, 2022

Among those who face opponents  are House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, both chambers’ top budget officials — House and Senate Appropriations Committee chairs Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York, and Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh — and a handful of other minor members of leadership, as well as a number of rank-and-file members.

5 questions answered about COVID-19 funding for states that’s still stuck in D.C.

BY: - April 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress remains undecided over how exactly to provide billions more to fight the COVID-19 pandemic as a new variant spreads throughout states and public health officials caution the virus doesn’t show signs of fading away. Negotiators were close to an agreement for about $10 billion in federal spending, but as of Friday, several […]

Now a defender of personal freedom, Mastriano wanted to lift privacy rules in pandemic’s early days

BY: - April 1, 2022

In statements no longer available on his Senate website, the GOP governor hopeful said HIPAA regulations 'are threatening the lives of our citizens.'

The pandemic prompted people to move, but many didn’t go far | Analysis

BY: - March 25, 2022

In the year after the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, moves out of city centers increased from the year before, as did moves into rural and suburban areas, according to a Stateline analysis of postal change-of-address forms. But the trend slowed considerably during the second year of the pandemic.

Staffing shortage, COVID-19, politics take toll on Pennsylvania teachers

BY: - March 20, 2022

For years, Pennsylvania has seen a decline in graduates entering the education field. Now, some teachers are considering leaving the profession sooner than they initially planned.